Bhimbetka Caves

Raisen, India

Considered to be one of the three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Madhya Pradesh, Bhimbetka is reminiscent of some of the earliest cave paintings in India. Thick vegetation and forests cover the entire area here. The rocky terrain includes more than 500 caves, which were the biggest shelters of pre-historic men. To get an idea of their lives, you just need to look at these paintings with greater detail, which will automatically transport you back to the same era. Discovery of these caves has been attributed to V.S. Wakankar. Most of the paintings are in red and white, with the occasional usage of yellow and green. Various scenes from everyday life, such as horse and elephant riders, animals fighting, body decorations, hunting and dancing can be identified. Many popular religious symbols are also frequently depicted in these pictures. Chronicles of art visible here have been divided into nine phases on the basis of the period of depiction: While there are depictions of humans in the later phases, large animals such as buffaloes and wild cats are visible in the earlier ones. Pictures of humans dancing in groups are also present. Indeed the advancements in evolution are visible as in the later drawings, humans are seen riding animals.

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